The teachers have been great. They welcome parental involvement, which has been key to my daughter's success. I've been very impressed by the progress my daughter has shown in her knowledge of math (which she does not enjoy, as opposed to reading). I'd certainly recommend this school to everyone.
I had posted a review several months ago regarding the great things about RC. However, I feel the need to address that there is a "texting epidemic" between various teachers at this school. The music teacher spends quite a large amount of time texting on her cellphone, which is hardly a good use of taxpayer dollars (her salary exceeds 100,000 per year.) Administration needs to address this problem. If taxpayers are footing enormous salaries, it is inexcusable for teachers to be using cell phones during class time. Employees can't get away with this in the real world; why should it be different for teachers?
My wife and I love Robert Crown Elementary school. We really liked our daughter's previous elementary school in Grayslake, where she attended K through 2, but then we had nothing else to compare that school to until know, because she is our first to attend school. The teachers at our old school were phenomenal, but the total education experience at Robert Crown is head and shoulders above our previous elementary school. We stopped in at the school this summer and were greeted most enthusiastically by the Principal, himself (who is retiring this year--we congratulate him!) From Math to PE to Art to Music to Recess, my daughter is ecstatic with the school and I am ecstatic with her math progress. At my daughter's previous school they were not allowed to touch the snow at recess--at RC they go sledding at recess--wow, we went from hyper-retentive school to "cool old school." Now, to many parents this may not be a significant point, to me it illustrates how much better the vibe can be from one elementary school to another. Many little things make a big thing and there are so many little things that make a difference for us at Robert Crown. We are giving two thumbs up :-) to RC!
Overcrowded. My child has 29 or 30 children in his class. One teacher cannot manage to teach and attend to a class this size, particularly with a high percentage of ESL students in this class. And yet, intradistrict or out of district moves are not permitted. Other schools in district are NOT as crowded and average 22 per class.
Excellent gifted programs. Teachers that care and so many parents that are involved. Overall we're very happy with this school.
My children used to attend this school. Not only was this school unable to properly teach my children, but a majority of the teachers and administrators weren't interested in working as hard as the students worked. School was advesarial towards parents that questioned their abilities and pointed out their shortcomings. School was sooo poor, sold my home in a down market just to get out!!!!
My son who is now in Matthews Middle School attended Robert Crown for 1st through 5th grade. He had an IEP every year, and they worked with him and his 'problem' or 'issue'. They were caring and tried different things when one thing did not work. He no longer has an IEP and is integrated into Middle School ( a little rough for a month or two) and now is in High academic Honors. Robert Crown was excellent for my Son who had 'issues'. I give it an excellent. I now have a Kindergartener there and his experience is just as excellent at the first son.
The school is fine if your child doesn't have issues, but they have a history of passing the buck or playing a waiting game to address learning disabilities issues they are not equipped or willing to handle.
You couldn't ask for a more nurturing environment than Robert Crown. The facility, the teachers, the administration, the parent involvement are outstanding. I fell in love with this school the first time I set foot inside, and grew to love it more each year my son was a student there.
My daughter transfered this year from St. Matthew to Robert Crown and I have to say that I am impressed. Teachers really seem to care and for the first time in a while, my daughter looks forward to going to school.
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